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The easiest way to accomplish this, practically, is to do contract-to-hire. Do a couple of pull requests and take the temperature of what it's like to work there, and you'll figure out pretty quickly whether it's for you or not. Of course, many companies are averse to this for a variety of reasons -- at the end of the day, there can be agency problems if there isn't a base level of good faith commitment from both parties.

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